Art in education currently at an all time low in the UK, and with the government set to make even further cuts to Arts funding, it’s not looking rosy for the creative sector.
Published last year, the Warwick commission report highlights the systematic assault on creativity, culture and the arts and insists that arts education should be an entitlement for all children. It also shows a downward trend in participation in most cultural activities.
Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value said:
“The key message from this report is that the government and the cultural and creative industries need to take a united and coherent approach that guarantees equal access for everyone to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life. There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevent this from being a universal human right. This is bad for business and bad for society.”
One of the biggest problems for the arts is national and local funding cuts, with Arts Council England cut by 32% and local government by 40% between 2010 and 2015.
Scottish actor James McAvoy (pictured above) has set up a fund in his home country to help give children from poorer backgrounds access to the kinds of art education that many comprehensive schools are being forced to do away with. Speaking to BBC’s The One Show, he said:
“I do worry about a country in which the government doesn’t allow everyone, across the board, to have access to an education that also includes art… because art is the one thing that if you don’t have money will help you see beyond your horizons and see beyond your limitations”
These are undoubtedly worrying times for our country’s creative sector, and sadly the future of Evolution Arts is itself in doubt. We recently informed our community that we are at risk of closure and asked people to send us their suggestions, support and donations in a bid to help save the centre. This ‘rescue mission’ is still in progress and we are doing everything in our power to ensure that we can continue delivering the diverse and exciting range of courses and workshops that has made Evolution Arts one of Brighton and Hove’s most treasured creative institutions.
Evolution Arts began life back in the summer of 1993. The centre was one of the first places in Brighton to offer yoga and it has been a thriving hub for yogis and creatives ever since. Renowned for its inspiring and diverse programme of workshops, courses and drop-ins, lead by a talented team of tutors Evolution Arts gives people the opportunity to lead richer, more creative and healthier lives. Joining our community is a way to nourish talents, learn new skills and meet likeminded people, whilst pursuing the things that make you feel alive.
Whether our members have been coming here for years, or are fresh through our doors, they are united by their thirst for creativity, an interest in self-development and the desire to live richer and more fulfilled lives.
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1. Enrol on one of our upcoming courses and workshops – we are taking bookings for both our summer and autumn programmes.
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